Combine Two Opposing Styles To Harmonise Your Home
Apr23

Combine Two Opposing Styles To Harmonise Your Home

Whether you’re moving in with your significant other or you’ve just had a new flat mate move in, combining interior design styles isn’t always as easy as it appears at first glance. Here we’ll run through some helpful tips for combining interior styles to create a harmonious home that represents the both of you. Create an eclectic space When you have two juxtaposing interior styles working together in one room, you have what’s called an eclectic interior style. ‘Eclectic’ is all about creating the perfect mish mash of different styles, in a way that works. The key is to not divide the space with pockets of one style or the other, but rather to completely combine the two looks in each and every corner of the home. Look at different ways to layer the two looks Certain interior design styles lend themselves towards being the base for the home. Scandinavian interiors for example are very minimalistic and use often neutral colour palettes. If you combine this look using Scandinavian furniture items and wall colours with perhaps retro accents for example using lamps, artworks and textiles, you can seamlessly layer the two interior design styles to create a stand out and unique look in your home. Mix in a third style Create a brand new interior you both love by incorporating yet another style. If you both have always loved an interior style that compliments both of what you already have, use this as a transitional style to tie both of your styles together in the one space. Or choose a neutral style, something you both don’t might, which will be subtle enough to compliment and blend your two opposing designs. Use theme decor elements to pull rooms together Certain aspects of your home décor will help complete each room in your home. For example, you may want to invest in new lighting accents that work well with your new interior style, or pull your eclectic dining room together by investing in a large overhead pendant lamp. Rugs are also a wonderful way to pull different styles together in the one space. By adding these elements you’ll help to create a cohesive look in every room of your home. Communicate and discuss your ideas If you are moving in with someone and you both have the entire house set up, it’s time to decide on which items will work best with one another’s possessions, and look at how you are going to store, sell or get rid of the rest. Pair back Don’t let either style overwhelm the other by pairing back what you both currently have. You don’t want the space to look...

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Entrance and Hallway Lighting Advice
Mar25

Entrance and Hallway Lighting Advice

Your home’s entrance and subsequent hallway is the first impression visitors receive on entering your home. While we all pass through this part of our homes several times a day, most of us pay little attention to it. It’s really important to note, however, that by making some simple changes to your entranceway and hallway lighting, you can dramatically improve the look and feel of these transitional spaces in your home. Lighting is one of the most important elements in any room of the home and when it comes to your home’s entranceway, it’s the first experience your guests will have with your home’s interior. A statement pendant light or chandelier makes a wonderful first impression for visitors and is something beautiful to admire every time you walk in the door from work. You don’t need a grand entrance space to pull this off, just select a statement light fixture that is the right size for your home. For long hallways, people often rely on light filtering from other rooms to provide illumination. Having dedicated hallway lighting is a wonderful way to create a pleasant atmosphere. Track lighting is a great choice if you are going to hang photographs or artworks in your hallway. You can move the track lights into different positions and angle the light so that it highlights your family photographs or artworks beautifully. Bright idea: For loft style apartments and winding staircases having a series of large pendant lights hanging from the high ceilings above works well in contemporary interiors. If you have your own private entrance to your apartment or terrace, external entrance lighting is also an important consideration. You don’t want to be fumbling for the keyhole when you come home after dark. By installing a small sensor light above your door or on your patio if you have one, the light will automatically come on once someone approaches, which is also great for security purposes. If you’re utilising the one bedroom plan design then to scatter supporting lights throughout the dark corners is an absolute must. Sometimes it’s taking the time to work on the finishing touches that have the most impact on your interiors. By ensuring your entranceway and hallway is well lit, you’ll most certainly notice that your home will feel all the more...

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How to Bring the Outdoors In – Infographic
Mar19

How to Bring the Outdoors In – Infographic

Now this is a lovely design trend – bring the nature inside. It’s quite easy to blur the line between outdoor space and your home interiors. This type of design will make for a lovely and relaxing indoor environment, which will always keep you in a good mood. See the detailed and easy tips you can use to merge outdoors with indoors, and share your own ideas and experiments. The infographic is created by...

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Raw Wood Meets Industrial Design in the Kitchen
Feb16

Raw Wood Meets Industrial Design in the Kitchen

The modern industrial trend is taking off right now, combining the warmth of raw wood finishings with metallic and steel industrial elements. This trend is particularly noticeable in the kitchen where this beautiful pairing of materials creates a truly stunning effect in modern homes. Wood is a traditional material used in homes, but when it is complimented with metal accents and hardware it’s instantly given a contemporary edge. The modern industrial look clearly favours lighter wood tones in rustic, non-glossy finishes. How to mix raw wood and metal in perfect harmony The real key to this trend is forward planning that balances elements to create a kitchen space that appears cohesive and well put together. In order to do this you need to have the right balance of metal and wood. If you have wooden bench tops, a row of copper, silver or gold metallic pendant lights suspended over an island bench will make the perfect modern industrial statement. Compliment these with some metal stools to complete the look. To carry on with this trend throughout the space, use metal handles on your wooden cupboards and kitchen drawers. Of course, this same principle works in reverse too. If you have a lot of stainless steel in your kitchen that currently has a very industrial vibe, add warmth to the space by using a combination of wooden pendant lights that compliment your metal surfaces. The pendant lights you use, metal or wood, should be eye-catching, making a statement as the rest of the kitchen space should be fairly muted and bare, in line with the design principles of the modern industrial look. The whole idea of this trend in many ways is to soften the often harsh appearance created by a completely industrial styled kitchen. Images are courtesy of...

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A Multi-purpose Guest Room for the Win
Feb11

A Multi-purpose Guest Room for the Win

When buying a house you’re often making a bet that you know where life will take you. You’re betting you can keep up with the mortgage, that the neighbourhood won’t change around you (or will change in desirable ways), and you’re betting that your family won’t grow larger than the home you have. Regardless of your plans and how well you stick to them, many people are in the position of having just one spare room in the whole house. It’s easy to declare it the Guest Room and leave it at that – but that often means it sits unused for months at a time and only serves a purpose when people come to visit. Many people try to solve that dilemma by using the spare room in other ways – an office, a craft room, or even a storeroom – but this results in chaos when it’s needed as a spare bedroom, and turns it into a cluttered, disorganised mess. The answer is to be a bit more thoughtful about designing the room from the bottom up. Here are a few ways you can make that spare room more multipurpose. Choosing the Bed If the spare room has to be the guest bedroom, many people make the mistake of simply buying the largest bed that comfortably fits and making the room up as a bedroom. This means that trying to use the room in any other way is a difficult and unhappy challenge. Instead, go with a couch that folds out to a double bed; or a futon. This reduces the floorspace the sleeping area takes up and frees up the room to be used in other ways during the majority of the year when no one’s sleeping in it – but allows it to be converted instantly into a bedroom when guests arrive. Making Everything Serve Two Purposes With just one extra room in the house you may need the space to play several roles at once. The best way to achieve this is to make sure every aspect of the room has a dual purpose. For an office space or craft room, use a deep floating shelf instead of a desk. It’ll be shallower than a desk, and when someone needs the room to stay in it quickly becomes a place to put their bag or suitcase. To use the room as extra storage space when it’s not being used as a guest room, use rolling clothing racks that can be moved out of the space quickly and easily when it’s in use. In fact, any extra furniture that isn’t part of the bedroom set...

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